AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Firefighter union officials are fuming after they said the Augusta Fire Department mishandled response to February's historic ice storm.
"There was no contingency plan in place, and if there was one in place, it wasn't handed down," said Randy Reese, President of the Augusta Firefighters Association.
He said he has a lot of questions after the ice storm inundated firefighters with an unusually high amount of calls.
"Why weren't we prepared?" he asked. "We knew about this 10 years ago. Well, same question to administration: why weren't they prepared for what was going on?"
Reese identifies several critical problems:
- A shortage of propane at some fire stations caused them to be closed when the power went out
- There was no plan to get employees to work through the falling trees and freezing rain, stranding some firefighters at home